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GCP advocacy efforts continue to protect and support NASA Glenn

NASA Glenn Research Center’s recently released FY 2016 Economic Impact Study demonstrates that the importance of the center continues to grow.

NASA Glenn has an overall $1.4 billion economic impact on Northeast Ohio, an increase from the previous fiscal year. The center generates $125 million in tax revenue for the region and has created, directly and indirectly, more than 7,000 jobs in the region.

The annual study produced by Cleveland State University helps to illustrate NASA Glenn’s impact on the State of Ohio and serves as a critical advocacy tool to support the center in Washington DC and Columbus.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership maintains a leadership role in working collectively with Ohio’s federal and state elected leaders to protect NASA Glenn’s core missions and position the center to seize new opportunities that advance new technologies for space exploration and the business community.

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Photo: A Centaur engine display with the NASA Glenn Flight Research Building in the background. Source: NASA Glenn website

Water quality bill signed; will strengthen protection of Lake Erie, connected waterways

Governor John Kasich recently signed Senate Bill 2—the legislature’s key water quality legislation—at the Great Lakes Science Center.

Representatives from the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority were present with state leaders to celebrate the occasion.

The Governor spoke of Lake Erie as one of Ohio’s greatest natural assets. The policy changes in Senate Bill 2 will help to strengthen the quality of the lake and connected waterways, which has a significant impact on a variety of industries in Ohio.

Through written testimony and ongoing advocacy with key elected leaders, the GCP was successful in supporting the bill through final passage in June.

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Key considerations in finalizing the new state budget

In this “GCP Insight” video, State Representative Sarah LaTourette talks with Sante Ghetti, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s vice president of advocacy, about some of her recent legislative priorities.

They include health care and key considerations that were discussed in the process of finalizing the new state budget.

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Great Lakes funding restored, advocacy continues

Last week the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior (EPA and related agencies) marked up its FY2018 appropriations bill.

This proposal restored the $300 million funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that was originally eliminated in the president’s executive budget proposal. The subcommittee also included language prohibiting the Army Corps of Engineers from dumping dredged materials from the Cuyahoga River into Lake Erie without approval from the State of Ohio.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership thanks subcommittee members Congressman Dave Joyce and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur for their hard work on these initiatives. Read more.

Fighting for NASA Glenn

The bill that funds the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is making its way through Congress.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Science, and Justice marked up its FY 2018 bill last week. The bill allocates $54 billion for NASA, which is nearly $5 billion more than what was in the President’s budget request.

If enacted, the budget would allocate funding for several programs that are important to NASA Glenn, including $660 million for aeronautics, an area where NASA Glenn is regarded as a leader among its peers. Congressman Dave Joyce and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur have been instrumental during the appropriations process to support NASA Glenn. Read more.

Above photo: A 100-pound liquid oxygen/liquid methane engine fires up after NASA Glenn’s Altitude Combustion Stand (ACS) was reactivated recently. (Image from the NASA Glenn website.)

Cleveland City Council introduces petition transparency proposal

Sometimes well-intended ballot issue proposals and campaigns can severely limit the way businesses can strengthen and grow. The Greater Cleveland Partnership membership has expressed concerns over parts of the process in place for petitioners to place an issue on the local ballot.

To help provide more transparency on Cleveland ballot issues that are brought forward, City Council introduced a proposal last week that would make it mandatory for circulators of petitions to file an itemized statement that provides more information about that petition's circulation experience. Read more.

Water quality bill awaiting Governor Kasich’s signature

Last week Senate Bill 2—the Ohio General Assembly’s environmental protection legislation—was sent to Governor Kasich for his signature.

Senate Bill 2 will strengthen requirements for the disposal and safe use of dredged materials from federal navigation channels and connected maritime port facilities. This provision is beneficial for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership works closely with the Port to advocate for timely and consistent dredging along the Cuyahoga River, an important water channel for international businesses shipping goods in and out of Cleveland. Read more.